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How to recover MOST of scratched CD data discs

How to recover MOST of scratched CD data discs

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Published by: Vishal Gupta on Mar 14, 2011
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How to recover MOST of scratched CD data discsI learn an old thecnique to how to recover damaged or scratched diskswith some lost of data. In this case i have one borrowed game - MAX PAYNE 2with a chunck of 4 mb lost with a scratch in CD1 Install. Here we cover somespecial thecniques of how to create a full working CD from the scratched one.First some tools will be needed:1. Alcohol 120%2. UltraISO3. Windows XP/2000 (not tested on 95/98/me)3. Small piece of cotton4. Dry cleaner paper5. Finally, oil for cooking.First step - preparing the CDGet the cotton and drop some water, start cleaning vertically the surface of CD.Do it 3 times and dry the water with a piece of dry cleaner paper. With a new pieceof cotton, drop some oil for cooking and start to wet the surface like you arewashing the CD with the oil. Dry carefully now. Some particles of oil will stayon themicrosurface of the scrath. It's okay. Seems the oil helps the laser of the CD/DVD driverto read the surface again. Sure this will work with small unreadable scratchs -some hardscratchs loose parts of the surface of the CD where we have data and it's lost forever.But if it is loosed try anyway. Whith this tip 80% of the small scratched CD's coud berecovered.Second Step - testing the CDWith Alcohol 120% make an ISO - image making wizard - and lets see if the app canread the loosed surface. In my case Alcohol 120% had recovered 60% of the data.This is not enough. Have tryed other appz, they do not recover all the data. ButtheCD/DVD driver laser CAN recover all data in this case. the data is still there,what we do?third step - making the new CDWith the main copy system of windows explorer you can do it. Just create one folderwith the same name of the CD label for future burn reference, and copy the CD contentto the folder. When the CD copy process find the scratch, in majority of the cases, it'sslow down the reading and will recover ALL loosed data.If not, it just tell youthere'san unreadable sector. In this case your CD is lost. But it's not my case, finallywindows explorer got all the data from the scratch and made a copy in the folder.with the ultraISO, wrote the original CD label, drop the content of the folder and

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